Posts Tagged ‘ war ’

Syria: At least 14 Doctors Without Borders staff, patients killed in Aleppo airstrikes

April 29, 2016
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Fox News Fox News    

"A wave of nighttime airstrikes hit a hospital in Syria supported by Doctors Without Borders and nearby buildings in the rebel-held part of the contested city of Aleppo, killing as many as 27 people, including 14 doctors and patients -- among them children and one of the last pediatricians in war-torn Syria, the international medical aid group reported. The strikes, blamed on the embattled government in Damascus, came shortly before midnight Wednesday and hit the well-known al-Quds field hospital in the rebel-held district of Sukkari in Aleppo, according to opposition activists and rescue workers." (04/28/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2016/04/28/at-least-27-killed-as-wave-airstrikes-hit-near-hospital-in-contested-syrian-city.html  

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It’s not about drones, it’s about lazy war

April 29, 2016
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Lucy Steigerwald Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo  

"Someday perhaps very soon we in the US are going to be very sorry that we normalized drone warfare. Not, again, because the tech is inherently wicked. Or that it should be restricted heavily (because then law enforcement and military will claim exceptions). No, it’s just that drones are brilliant tools for keeping a lazy, constant presence in other countries. And someday soon, they will be used in a terrorist attack." (04/29/16)

http://original.antiwar.com/lucy/2016/04/28/not-drones-lazy-war/  

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Iraq: US, allied forces conduct strikes

April 27, 2016
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Reuters Reuters    

"The United States and its allies conducted 23 strikes against Islamic State in Iraq on Tuesday, the coalition leading the operations said in a statement on its latest round of daily strikes against the militant group. The strikes were concentrated near Falluja, Mosul, Qayyarah and Tal Afar, the Combined Joint Task Force said in the statement released on Wednesday." (04/27/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-usa-airstrikes-idUSKCN0XO1E4  

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America can’t do much about ISIS

April 20, 2016
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The Atlantic The Atlantic
by Stephen Biddle and Jacob Shapiro  

"In 2003, David Petraeus, then a division commander in Iraq, famously asked 'tell me how this ends?' in reference to the conflict just starting there. It was a good question then, and it's a good question now. The war against the Islamic State gets a lot of attention, much of it focused on the immediate: Is the war going better or worse this month than last month? Is the Islamic State gaining ground or losing it? Are U.S. air strikes killing more Islamic State leaders or fewer? But these things only matter if they contribute to an ultimate end to the conflict on terms the United States can live with. Will they? In fact, we have a lot of evidence on wars like this and how they typically end. But it's not a very encouraging story." (04/20/16)

http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2016/04/isis-containment-civil-war/478725/  

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Deal reached to evacuate besieged Syrians

April 20, 2016
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The Washington Post Washington Post    

"Syrian activists and the Lebanese Al-Manar TV say a deal has been reached to evacuate 500 residents from four besieged Syrian communities. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Wednesday six people were evacuated on medical grounds from Foua and Kfraya villages while two were evacuated from Zabadani in the deal sponsored by the United Nations and coordinated by the Red Crescent. The U.N. declined comment. The evacuation would be the first major one since a February cease-fire, which has all but collapsed amid renewed violence." (04/20/16)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/the-latest-syrian-group-says-ceasefire-effectively-over/2016/04/20/59f35e02-06e6-11e6-bfed-ef65dff5970d_story.html  

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Afghanistan: Hundreds injured in Kabul suicide attack

April 19, 2016
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CNN CNN    

"At least seven people were killed and more than 300 people were injured after an explosion rocked Kabul, Afghanistan on Tuesday morning, according to the country's health ministry. A suicide car bomber caused the explosion, said Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqi. The attack targeted the office of a security team that works to protect the government's VIPs, an Afghan police official said. The Afghan Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, the group said in a statement." (04/19/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/04/19/asia/kabul-explosion/  

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Afghanistan: Rise in civilian casualties at hands of regime forces

April 18, 2016
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The Guardian The Guardian [UK]    

"An increasing number of Afghan civilians are killed and injured at the hands of government forces fighting extremist groups, according to the UN. A report released on Sunday, documenting the first three months of 2016, shows a 70% rise in civilian casualties caused by pro-government forces, with 127 killed and 242 wounded. A total of 600 civilians were killed and 1,343 injured during that period, a 2% increase in total casualties but a 13% drop in fatalities. A growing proportion of those civilians are women and children. This year, one-third of civilian casualties have been children, a 29% jump from last year." (04/17/16)

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/apr/17/rise-in-afghan-civilian-casualties-caused-by-pro-government-forces-taliban  

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DoD vs. CIA: Syria edition

April 14, 2016
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Abigail R. Hall Blanco Independent Institute
by Abigail R Hall Blanco  

"In 1979, the U.S. government chose to arm a rebel group sympathetic to U.S. interests in an attempt to drive out the Soviets. While the policy did have the desired short-term effects -- the USSR withdrew from the country -- the long-term consequences left much to be desired. Those same rebels, who were once described by President Reagan as 'freedom fighters,' formed the basis of the Taliban. Decades later, these once 'moderate' rebels were on the receiving end of a U.S. invasion. Alas, bureaucrats tend not to learn from their mistakes or those of their predecessors. The U.S. government began sending weapons and aid to Syrian rebel groups. They delivered some 50 tons of ammunition, in a single night alone. The U.S. government did not just arm one group, but attempted to coordinate dozens of rebel groups to achieve a common mission. What could possibly go wrong?" (04/14/16)

http://blog.independent.org/2016/04/14/dod-vs-cia-syria-edition/  

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Afghanistan: Eight killed in attack on police convoy

April 14, 2016
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Daily Pakistan [Pakistan]    

"As many as eight police official[s] were Thursday killed when a group of armed people attacked police convoy in Afghanistan’s Takhar province. ... None of the insurgent groups, including those associated with Taliban, have claimed responsibility for the attack." (04/14/16)

http://en.dailypakistan.com.pk/world/eight-killed-in-attack-on-convoy-of-afghan-police/  

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How Clinton encouraged Obama’s biggest blunder

April 13, 2016
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C4SS Center for a Stateless Society
by Nathan Goodman  

"Barack Obama recently said that his biggest blunder was 'failing to plan for the day after' his intervention in Libya. While he defended the intervention itself, the president cannot deny that his reckless war has had disastrous consequences, including a growing ISIS presence in Libya. Hillary Clinton eagerly pressured the president to overthrow Moammar Gaddafi. Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates recalls that, 'The president told me that it was one of the closest decisions he'd ever made, sort of 51-49, and I'm not sure that he would've made that decision if Secretary Clinton hadn't supported it.' After overthrowing Gaddafi, Clinton proclaimed triumph, saying 'We came. We saw. He died.' The U.S. intervention killed a dictator, but it certainly didn’t bring freedom or security to Libya." (04/12/16)

https://c4ss.org/content/44517  

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Turkey: Six regime troops killed, 56 wounded in PKK attacks

April 12, 2016
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Hurriyet Daily News [Turkey]    

"Six soldiers were killed and 56 others were wounded in individual attacks by the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) and in clashes between security forces and the militants in the southeastern provinces of Sirnak, Hakkari,Diyarbakır and Mardin on April 11 and 12." (04/12/16)

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/four-soldiers-killed-54-wounded-in-pkk-attacks-in-turkeys-southeast.aspx?pageID=238&nid=97706&NewsCatID=341  

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Syria: Two pilots killed when Russian helicopter crashes

April 12, 2016
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United Press International United Press International    

"Two pilots were killed in the crash of a Russian helicopter in Homs, Syria, the Russian Defense Ministry announced Tuesday. The Mil Mi-28N strike helicopter 'did not come under fire,' a ministry statement said, adding that the bodies of the two crew members were taken to Russia's Khmeimim air base near the Syrian port city of Latakia, and a team of investigators was sent to the site of the crash. An unidentified military source said the pilots were flying at night and wearing night-vision goggles over unfamiliar terrain and may have struck an obstacle, the German news agency DW.com said, citing Russia's Interfax news agency." (04/12/16)

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2016/04/12/Russian-helicopter-crashes-in-Syria-two-pilots-killed/8571460467666/  

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Syria: With UN envoy in Damascus, Islamic State takes Syrian town from other rebels

April 11, 2016
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The Olympian    

"The U.N. special envoy on Monday urged Syria's warring sides to preserve the fragile U.S.-Russia-brokered cease-fire ahead of the next round of peace talks in Geneva this week. The plea by Staffan de Mistura, who spoke after meeting Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem in Damascus, came as Islamic State fighters retook a northern town [al-Rai] along the border with Turkey from Syrian rebels and government forces and rebels clashed across northern and western Syria." (04/11/16)

http://www.theolympian.com/news/nation-world/article71108722.html  

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Philippines: Abu Sayyaf kills at least 18 regime troops

April 11, 2016
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Al Jazeera Al Jazeera    

"At least 18 soldiers were killed and more than 50 others wounded on Saturday in fierce fighting with the armed group Abu Sayyaf and allied fighters on a southern island in the Philippines. It was the largest single-day combat loss by government forces this year in the restive south, where the military has long battled Muslim separatist rebels and Communist fighters." (04/09/16)

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/04/18-soldiers-killed-abu-sayyaf-philippines-160409152756284.html  

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Yemen: Saudi coalition used US bombs in obliterating market

April 7, 2016
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ABC News ABC News    

"A Saudi-led coalition battling Shiite rebels and their allies in Yemen used U.S.-supplied bombs in an airstrike last month on a market that killed at least 119 people, a human rights group said Thursday, further highlighting American involvement in the conflict. The March 15 bombing targeting the northwestern town of Mastaba marked the second-deadliest airstrike of the year-long Saudi-helmed campaign -- and the results were horrific." (04/07/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/report-saudi-coalition-us-bomb-yemen-market-strike-38213615  

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Syria: Islamic State militants kidnap 300 cement workers near capital

April 7, 2016
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The Washington Post Washington Post    

"In a brazen assault near the Syrian capital, Islamic State militants on Thursday abducted 300 cement workers and contractors in an area northeast of Damascus, Syrian state TV reported as fighting elsewhere in the country also worsened. ... State TV said Thursday’s mass abduction of workers from the al-Badia Cement Company took place in Dumeir, an area where militants launched a surprise attack against government forces earlier this week. State-run news agency SANA quoted a source in the company as saying that there has been no success in efforts to establish contact with any of the workers." (04/07/16)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/un-aid-official-urges-syria-govt-to-live-up-to-promises/2016/04/07/9e26b17a-fcb7-11e5-813a-90ab563f0dde_story.html  

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Afghanistan: Suicide bomber kills at least six

April 6, 2016
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Indian Express [India]    

"A suicide bomber on a motorcycle killed at least six civilians and wounded 22 on  today when he detonated near a clinic and a school during a police chase in eastern Afghanistan, officials said. The incident occurred in Parwan province, northwest of capital Kabul, provincial police chief for Parwan Mohammad Zaman Mamozai told AFP. 'We had been tipped off he was coming, he intended to target a police base, but when he found himself being chased by police, he detonated himself in an area close to a school and clinic,' Mamozai said." (04/05/16)

http://indianexpress.com/article/world/world-news/suicide-bomber-kills-at-least-6-in-eastern-afghanistan/  

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More western military meddling in Libya is a bad idea

April 5, 2016
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Ivan Eland Antiwar.com
by Ivan Eland  

"Unbelievably, after causing the chaos in Libya by overthrowing Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, the United States is about to lead another Western military intervention designed to unify the country to fight ISIS's strongest cell outside Iraq and Syria, which has arisen from the post-Gaddafi anarchy. Repeating the same mistake will only make a bad situation worse." (04/05/16)

http://original.antiwar.com/eland/2016/04/04/western-military-meddling-libya-bad-idea/  

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The moral bankruptcy of just war theory

April 5, 2016
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Laurence M. Vance LewRockwell.com
by Laurence M Vance  

"The word 'just' has no place in front of the word 'war.' There is nothing just about killing for the state. The purpose of just war theory has always been to legitimize war rather than limit it. [Robert Emmet] Meagher has in succeeded in taking down and discrediting just war theory and revealing it for the lie that it is. In Killing from the Inside Out, he has laid bare the just war tradition's deadly legacy." (04/05/16)

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2016/04/laurence-m-vance/just-war-theory-immoral/  

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Ancient horse dung is helping to track Hannibal’s route across the Alps

April 5, 2016
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Daily Mail [UK]    

"Despite thousands of years of hard work by brilliant scholars, the great enigma of where Hannibal crossed the Alps to invade Italy remained unsolved. But now it looks like we may just have cracked it -- all thanks to modern science and a bit of ancient horse faeces. Hannibal was the leader of the Carthaginian army during the Second Punic War with Rome (218-201BC). He famously led his 30,000 assorted troops, including 37 elephants and over 15,000 horses, across the Alps to invade Italy -- bringing the Roman war machine to its knees. ... For more than 2,000 years historians, statesmen and academics have argued about the route he took. Even Napoleon is known to have shown an interest, but until now, there's not been any solid archaeological evidence. An international team, led by Bill Mahaney of York University in Toronto, has finally provided such evidence for the most likely transit route -- a pass called the Col de Traversette." (04/04/16)

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3522997/Ancient-horse-dung-helping-track-Hannibal-s-route-Alps-Remains-mountain-pass-left-general-s-army-marched-Italy.html  

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Nagorno-Karabakh: Bilateral ceasefire declared

April 5, 2016
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VICE News    

"Azerbaijan and the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh said on Tuesday they were halting hostilities after four days of intense fighting between them that had sparked fears the conflict could spiral into all-out war. Reuters was not immediately able to verify whether the fighting -- a resurgence of a decades-old conflict over the status of the region -- had, in fact, stopped. Dozens have been killed on both sides during the recent flare-up of the long-festering ethnic tensions between the mainly Muslim Azeris and their Christian Armenian neighbors." (04/05/16)

https://news.vice.com/article/ethnic-armenians-declare-a-ceasefire-in-disputed-nagorno-karabakh?utm_source=vicenewsfb&utm_medium=vicenewsfbuk  

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Arabian Sea: US-flagged pirates seize thousands of Iranian weapons, including grenade launchers

April 5, 2016
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Fox News Fox News    

"The crew of a U.S. Navy ship stopped a massive Iranian arms shipment dead in its tracks, seizing thousands of weapons, AK-47 rifles and rocket-propelled grenade launchers that likely were headed to Yemen, the Pentagon announced Monday. The seizure, which unfolded in the Arabian Sea on March 28, was the third of its kind in recent weeks, military officials say. Iran has been supporting Houthi rebels [sic] in Yemen in their proxy war against a Saudi-led coalition [of invaders] backed by the United States. Like Iran, the Houthis are a Shia-led group." (04/04/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2016/04/04/us-seizes-thousands-iranian-weapons-including-grenade-launchers-in-arabian-sea.html  

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“No solution in sight” in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict

April 5, 2016
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Deutsche Welle [Germany]    

"Fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the Nagorno-Karabakh region has resumed. Caucasus expert Uwe Halbach dates the territorial conflict back to the Soviet Union era. ...'It is one of several territorial conflicts that developed during the transitional period between the Soviet and post-Soviet eras. This particular conflict broke out in 1988, when the parliament of the Nagorno-Karabakh region, which had been subordinated to Azerbaijan in 1923, demanded to be assigned to the Republic of Armenia.'" (04/04/16)

http://www.dw.com/en/no-solution-in-sight-in-the-nagorno-karabakh-conflict/a-19163598?maca=en-rss-en-all-1573-rdf  

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Nagorno-Karabakh: Azerbaijan declares cease-fire, but fighting continues

April 4, 2016
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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette    

"Even as Azerbaijan announced a unilateral cease-fire Sunday, reports of sporadic fighting between Azerbaijani and ethnic Armenian forces over the separatist enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh continued. Regional and world leaders called for an end to the worst violence in the region since a cease-fire halted a war over the territory in 1994. ... This weekend's violence has been on a previously unseen scale, analysts said, with reports of the use of helicopters, drones, tanks and artillery along the 'line of conflict' that separates the two sides. Thirty soldiers and a boy were killed in fighting Saturday, as Azerbaijan claimed to have seized several strategic heights and several villages from the Nagorno-Karabakh government. Both sides blamed the other for the violence." (04/03/16)

http://www.post-gazette.com/news/world/2016/04/04/Azerbaijan-declares-cease-fire-but-fighting-continues-in-breakaway-enclave/stories/201604040074  

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Nagorno-Karabakh: Dozens of casualties in Azeri-Armenian fight

April 2, 2016
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Thomson Reuters Foundation    

"A new wave of fighting broke out in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region on Saturday, killing at least a dozen servicemen and drawing international calls for an immediate ceasefire to stop violence spreading in the South Caucasus. Nagorno-Karabakh, which lies inside Azerbaijan but is controlled by ethnic Armenians, has run its own affairs with heavy military and financial backing from Armenia since a separatist war ended in 1994. The Azeri defence ministry said on Saturday the army had 'liberated strategic heights and settlements' in the region. ... Both sides also reported civilian casualties and accused each other of violating the ceasefire, a sign that the two-decade-old conflict which has left some 30,000 people dead is far from a peaceful resolution. Similar violence was reported last month." (04/02/16)

http://news.trust.org/item/20160402120131-vryyd  

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